What does it take to run one of Lima’s most unique artisanal ice cream shops? To find out, we spoke with Erika Viccina, owner of Cremeria Toscana in San Isidro.
There are quite a few options in Lima to find artisanal ice cream, gelato and other frozen treats. Though particular heladerías (ice cream shops) stand out, be it for their quality products, authentic concepts or superb service. Here we met up with Erika Viccina, owner of Cremeria Toscana, to learn more about one of our favorite places to grab a treat.
TLIP: What makes your ice cream unique compared to other heladerías in Lima?
Erika: Our ice creams are prepared with the Italian artisan formula created by the master ice cream maker Andrea Giuntoli. They do not contain artificial coloring, are made from all-natural products and are therefore healthier than most store-bought ice creams. The sorbetos are made from fruit and water, while the gelatos are made from milk. Their flavors are very intense yet do not leave a cloying sensation from too much sugar. We have imported supplies that help to highlight the flavors. Our recipes are part of a traditional family formula.
TLIP: What are some of the most interesting flavors you have? What about traditional flavors of Peru or locally sourced flavors?
Erika: Among the many flavors we offer—such as mint with chocolate, and chocolate with orange—we offer several flavors that are especially popular in Peru. These flavors include pie de límon and dulce de leche, but the internationally inspired tiramisu is also popular. People also enjoy our fruit flavors such as plum, pear, lucuma, mango and passion fruit. Every day we have more than 40 flavors available to the public.
TLIP: What makes artisan ice cream different than a commercial operation?
Erika: Because we make our ice creams naturally, they are fresher and have less duration because they do not carry preservatives. Each artisanal ice cream maker uses an individual recipe or formula, so they are all different. In addition, high-quality ice creams require a good selection of inputs and well-balanced flavors.
Avenida Conquistadores 325. San Isidro Lima 27
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am-9pm
Cover photo: Cremeria Toscana